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Abba Eban

Better to be disliked than pitied.

You can't achieve anything without getting in someone's way.

I think that this is the first war in history that on the morrow the victors sued for peace and the vanquished called for unconditional surrender.

Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives.

A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement.

His ignorance is encyclopedic.

Abraham Lincoln

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.

Adolf Hitler

What luck for rulers, that men do not think.

Agatha Christie

An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her.

Akiro Kurosawa

In a mad world, only the mad are sane.

Al Capone

You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.

Alan Kay

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

Albert Camus

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.

Albert Einstein

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice.

I do not believe in the immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.

The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.

Theory is when we know everything but nothing works. Praxis is when everything works but we do not know why. We always end up by combining theory with praxis: nothing works and we do not know why.

Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.

Aldous Huxley

Every person who knows how to read has it in their power to magnify themselves, to multiply the ways in which they exist, to make life full, significant, and interesting.

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.

It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than "try to be a little kinder."

Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.

Alessandro Morandotti

Success is no proof about the quality of a work

Alistair Cooke

A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it.

Ambrose Bierce

War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.

Ambrose Redmoon

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.

Anatole France

If a million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.

Never lend books -- nobody ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those which people have lent me.

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

Andre Gide

Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.

Andre Maurois

We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity--- romantic love and gunpowder.


A beautiful woman is a paradise to the eyes and a curse to the purse.

A liberal is someone too poor to be a capitalist, and too rich to be a communist.

A man is incomplete until he is married. After that, he is finished.

A theologian is like a blind man in a dark room searching for a black cat which isn't there - and finding it!

A woman always has the last word in an argument. Anything a man says after it is the beginning of a new argument.

A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.

A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's....she changes it more often !!

Advertising - the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.

Age does not determine who's right, it only determines who's left!

All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them.

An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.

Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

Bigamy: Marrying a pretty girl and a good cook !

Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves... for they will never cease to be amused.

Cigarette: A pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire at one end and a fool on the other.

Etc.: A sign to make others believe that you know more than you actually do.

Everyone needs to be loved, especially when they do not deserve it.

For every complicated problem there is a simple, easy to understand, wrong answer.

Good example is half a sermon.

Grant me patience, O Lord, but hurry!

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.

Half of the people in the world are below average.

He who laughs last thinks slowest

I am the captain of my soul.

If God is love and love is blind then isn't it a logical conclusion that God is blind? And if so how could God make man in his own image? Scary thought isn't it?

If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?

If you can keep your head when all around you have lost theirs, then you probably haven't understood the seriousness of the situation.

If you have to deal with a bad person, the first thing you have to do is not to improve him, but to improve yourself.

If you smoke after sex, you're doing it too fast!

If you want to stay single...look for the perfect mate !

If you want your spouse to listen and pay strict attention to every word you say, talk in your sleep.

I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing.

In strong wind, even turkeys can fly.

Integrity - When you do the right thing even though no one is watching.

It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.

Keep your words sweet-you may have to eat them.

Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading man, and studying all the various editions of them.

Lord, if I can't be skinny, please let all my friends be fat.

Marriage is when a man and woman become as one; the trouble starts when they try to decide which one.

Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong.

My wife and I have an agreement. I don't try to run her life and I don't try to run mine.

Once there was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time is called the Dark Ages.

Tears: The hydraulic force by which masculine will-power is defeated by feminine water power.

The best thing parents can do for their children is to love each other.

The difference between 'involvement' and 'commitment' is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was 'involved' - the pig was 'committed'.

The goal of marriage is not to think alike but to think together.

The only difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next.

Time is nature's way of making sure everything doesn't happen at once.

Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of my life.

Who do you turn to when the only person who can stop your tears, is the one that's causing them?

Women are meant to be loved....not to be understood.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Antonio Porchia

A child shows his toy, a man hides his.

I am chained to the earth to pay for the freedom of my eyes.

I will help you to approach if you approach, and to keep away if you keep away.

I would ask something more of this world if it had something more.

In my silence only my voice is missing.

My neighbor's poverty makes me feel poor; my own does not.

Near me nothing but distances.

Nothing that is complete breathes.

One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.

Suffering is above, not below. And everyone thinks that suffering is below. And everyone wants to rise.

The chains that bind us most closely are the ones we have broken.

The fear of separation is all that unites.

The harm that I have not done, what harm it has done!

The loss of a thing affects us until we have lost it altogether.

They have stopped deceiving you, not loving you. And it seems to you that they have stopped loving you.

They will say that you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.

When you seem to be listening to my words, they seem to be your words, with me listening.

When your suffering is a little greater than my suffering I feel that I am a little cruel.

Would there be this eternal seeking if the found existed?

You wound and you will wound again. Because you wound and then you go away. You do not stay with the wound.


It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.

Aristotle Onassis

The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.

Arnold H. Glasow

The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.

Arnold Palmer

The road to success is always under construction.

Arthur Baer

Alimony is like buying oats for a dead horse.

Arthur C. Clarke

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.

Arthur Conan Doyle

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.

Arthur Schopenhauer

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants.

Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.

Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune.

Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.

Nature shows that with the growth of intelligence comes increased capacity for pain, and it is only with the highest degree of intelligence that suffering reaches its supreme point.

Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.

A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants.

Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.

Hatred is an affair of the heart; contempt that of the head.

After your death you will be what you were before your birth.

Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else's head instead of with one's own.

There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome; to be got over.

Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.

Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability.

To live alone is the fate of all great souls.

If we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.

Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people.

With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.

The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that something can be true and untrue at the same time.

The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite.

In our monogamous part of the world, to marry means to halve one's rights and double one's duties.

Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see.

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.

Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another; but women are by nature enemies.

The brain may be regarded as a kind of parasite of the organism, a pensioner, as it were, who dwells with the body.

Journalists are like dogs, whenever anything moves they begin to bark.

Compassion is the basis of morality.

Will minus intellect constitutes vulgarity.

The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone.

Ashleigh Brilliant

Life may have no meaning. Or even worse, it may have a meaning of which I disapprove.

Augustine Birrell

Is this true or only clever?

Ben Bova

Feeding the starving poor only increases their number.

Benjamin Franklin

Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.

Those who give up liberty for the sake of security deserve neither liberty nor security.

Well done is better than well said.

Well done is better than well said.

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.

Bernard Berenson

Not what man knows but what man feels, concerns art. All else is science.

Bertrand Russell

A marriage is likely to be called happy if neither party ever expected to get much happiness out of it.

A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not be endured with patient resignation.

A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.

Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do.

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin -- more even than death.... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.

Religion may in most of its forms be defined as the belief that the gods are on the side of the Government.

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.

The Christian religion has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.

The Christian view that all intercourse outside marriage is immoral was, as we see in the above passages from St. Paul, based upon the view that all sexual intercourse, even within marriage, is regrettable. A view of this sort, which goes against biological facts, can only be regarded by sane people as a morbid aberration. The fact that it is embedded in Christian ethics has made Christianity throughout its whole history a force tending towards mental disorders and unwholesome views of life.

The good life is love guided by reason.

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.

Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first is unpleasant and ill-paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid.

Bill Cosby

Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

Bill Gates

640K ought to be enough for anybody.

Bjarne Stroustrup

C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you do, it blows away your whole leg.

Blaise Pascal

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.

The heart has its reasons that the mind knows nothing of.

Bruno Cancellieri

Truth is much more complicated than falsity. That is why falsity is more popular.

The important thing is to know what is important.

To appreciate the intelligence of a person, you have to be at least as intelligent.

Everyone is the center of the world.

It is stupid to blame a stupid person for not being more intelligent.

It is politically incorrect to say that the majority of human beings have always been, and still are, stupid, evil, false, selfish, ignorant, vulgar, conformist and politically correct.

Most people do not want to understand why things are as they are, why what happened has happened and how the world could be improved. They just want to know what the market offers and at what prices, what fashions and morals are in and what are out, who is winning and who is losing, who is rising and who is sinking, who is protecting their interests and who is threatening them. In other words, they just want to know what are the right things to buy, the right fashions and morals to follow and the right people to side with.

C. Garbett

Any fool can criticize - and many of them do.

C. Wright Mills

It is not too much to say that in the extreme development the chance to reason of most men is destroyed, as rationality increases and its locus, its control, is moved from the individual to the big-scale organization.

There is then rationality without reason. Such rationality is not commensurate with freedom but the destroyer of it.

C.W. Leadbeater

It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.

Carl Gustav Jung

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.

Thinking is difficult, so most of us judge.

Carl Rogers

The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn...and change.

Carl Sagan

Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.

Carl W. Buechner

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

Caskie Stinnett

A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.

Cato the Elder

After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.

Charles Caleb Colton

When you have nothing to say, say nothing.

Charles Darwin

It’s not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but those most responsive to change.

The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind.

Charles Schultz

Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, Why me? And the voice says: "Nothing personal your name just happened to come up".

Chinese Proverbs

A court common to all is swept by no one.

Great souls have wills; feeble souls have wishes.

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.

It is always easier for one man to solve another man's problem.

You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.

Christopher Morley

There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.

Click & Clack, the Tappet Brothers

This is my rule of married life: it's better to be happy than to be right.


Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

Cynthia Nelms

Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy.

Czech proverb

The big thieves hang the little ones.

Dale Carnegie

When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bustling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts.

Dante Alighieri

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a time of moral crisis, remain neutral.

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.

The secret of getting things done is to act!

You are not made to live as beasts but to follow virtue and knowledge

David Brent

If at first you don't succeed, remove all evidence you ever tried.

If you can keep your head when all around you have lost theirs, then you probably haven't understood the seriousness of the situation.

Never do today that which will become someone else's responsibility tomorrow.

Those of you who think you know everything are annoying to those of us who do.

Fedor Dostoevskij

The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.

Every man has reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone but only his friends. He has other matters in his mind which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But there are other things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.

Gary V. Carter

It is your attitude more than your aptitude that will determine your altitude!

Jack Elwood

The number one failure of leaders is their failure to reproduce other leaders.

E. E. Cummings

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.

Edith Wharton

There are two ways of spreading the light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

Edmund Burke

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Edward Abbey

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against its government.

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.

Edwin Way Teale

The difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and the spider web.

Elbert Hubbard

To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.

Emile Cioran

"Never judge a man without putting yourself in his place." This old proverb makes all judgment impossible, for we judge someone only because, in fact, we cannot put ourselves in his place.

Consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh.

Eternity is absence.

For life is a vice: the greatest one of all.

Friendship is a pact, a convention. Two beings tacitly promise never to broadcast what each really thinks of the other. A kind of alliance based on compromises. When one of them publicly calls attention to the other's defects, the pact is declared null and void, the alliance broken. No friendship lasts if one of the partners ceases to play the game. In other words, no friendship tolerates an exaggerated proportion of honesty.

From the cradle to the grave, each individual pays for the sin of not being God.

God: a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays.

Hope is the normal form of delirium.

I feel I am free but I know I am not.

I have no faith, luckily. If I had, I should live in constant fear of losing it. Hence, far from helping me, it would do nothing but injure me.

In a work of psychiatry, only the patients' remarks interest me; in a work of criticism, only the quotations.

It makes no sense to say that death is the goal of life. But what else is there to say?

Neither mystics nor saints need eyes; they don't look at the world. Their heart is their eye.

Old age, after all, is merely the punishment for having lived.

Only what you hide is profound, is true.

Say what we will, death is the best thing nature has found to please everyone. With each of us, everything vanishes, everything stops forever. What an advantage, what an abuse! Without the least effort on our part, we own the universe, we drag it into our own disappearance. No doubt about it, dying is immoral...

That faint light in each of us which dates back to before our birth, to before all births, is what must be protected if we want to rejoin that remote glory from which we shall never know why we were separated.

The fear of being deceived is the vulgar version of the quest for Truth.

The only profitable conversations are with enthusiasts who have ceased being so, with the ex-naïve. Calmed down at last, they have taken, willy-nilly, the decisive step toward knowledge, that impersonal version of disappointment.

The poor, by thinking unceasingly of money, reach the point of losing the spiritual advantages of non-possession, thereby sinking as low as the rich.

There is no false sensation.

To be objective is to treat others as you treat an object, a corpse to behave with them like an undertaker.

To fear is to die every minute.

We have convictions only if we have studied nothing thoroughly.

We have lost, being born, as much as we shall lose, dying. Everything.

We make choices, decisions, as long as we keep to the surface of things; once we reach the depths, we can neither choose nor decide; we can do nothing but regret the surface.

We smile, because no answer is conceivable, because the answer would be even more meaningless than the question.

Emiliano Zapata

I would rather die standing than live on my knees!

Emma Goldman

If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.

The most violent element in society is ignorance.

Eric Hoffer

In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.

There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other.

Erich Fromm

Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines.

If a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to all others, his love is not love but a symbiotic attachment, or an enlarged egotism.

If faith cannot be reconciled with rational thinking, it has to be eliminated as an anachronistic remnant of earlier stages of culture and replaced by science dealing with facts and theories which are intelligible and can be validated.

If it were not for hopes, the heart would break.

Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.'

In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two.

Love is often nothing but a favorable exchange between two people who get the most of what they can expect, considering their value on the personality market.

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.

Love is union with somebody, or something, outside oneself, under the condition of retaining the separateness and integrity of one's own self.

Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.

Modern man lives under the illusion that he knows what he wants, while he actually wants what he is supposed to want.

Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.

One cannot be deeply responsive to the world without being saddened very often.

The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots.

The history of man is a graveyard of great cultures that came to catastrophic ends because of their incapacity for planned, rational, voluntary reaction to challenge.

The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have.

The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.

There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.

There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started out with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet which fails so regularly, as love.

To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime.

Understanding a person does not mean condoning; it only means that one does not accuse him as if one were God or a judge placed above him.

Who will tell whether one happy moment of love, or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies?

Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?

Evan Guay

If you fear failure, you shall never succeed.

Father Larry Lorenzoni

The average person thinks he isn't.

Flemish proverb

What a man says drunk he has thought sober.

Frank Zappa

Without deviation, progress is not possible.

Friedrich Hegel

The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Faith: not *wanting* to know what is true.

I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.

In heaven all the interesting people are missing.

In individuals madness is a rarity, but in groups, parties, peoples it is the rule.

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.

It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right - especially when one is right.

Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.

Only sick music makes money today.

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

There are no facts, only interpretations.

Woman was God's second mistake.

G. H. Hardy

It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that.

G.M. Trevelyan

Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.

Gabriel Laub

Der Aphorismus hat vor jeder anderen Literaturgattung den Vorteil, dass man ihn nicht weglegt, bevor man ihn zu Ende gelesen hat.

Gail Godwin

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.

Gaius Plinius

An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.

Galileo Galilei

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.

Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.

Garrison Keillor

It's a shallow life that doesn't give a person a few scars.

General Douglas MacArthur

We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction.

Geoffrey C. Ward

Journalism is merely history's first draft.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Isn't it odd, that people like to fight for their religion but unwillingly live after its prescriptions.

George Bernard Shaw

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.

Activity is the only road to knowledge.

Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.

Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

Do not do unto others as you would they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.

Do not give your children moral and religious instruction unless you are quite sure they will not take it too seriously. Better be the mother of Henri Quatre and Nell Gwynne than of Robespierre and Queen Mary Tudor.

Economy is the art of making the most of life.

Happiness and Beauty are by-products.

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.

He who gives money he has not earned is generous with other people’s labor.

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.

If you begin by sacrificing yourself to those you love, you will end by hating those to whom you have sacrificed yourself.

In a stupid nation the man of genius becomes a god: everybody worships him and nobody does his will.

It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.

Man is the only animal which esteems itself rich in proportion to the number and voracity of its parasites.

Martyrdom is the only way a person can become famous without ability.

Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.

Mens sana in corpore sano is a foolish saying. The sound body is a product of the sound mind.

Obedience simulates subordination as fear of the police simulates honesty.

Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family.

Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one.

The love of economy is the root of all virtue.

The man who listens to Reason is lost: Reason enslaves all whose minds are not strong enough to master her.

The man with toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man.

The more a man possesses over and above what he uses, the more careworn he becomes.

The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.

The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it.

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

The roulette table pays nobody except him that keeps it. Nevertheless a passion for gaming is common, though a passion for keeping roulette tables is unknown.

The unconscious self is the real genius. Your breathing goes wrong the moment your conscious self meddles with it.

The vilest abortionist is he who attempts to mould a child’s character.

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity

There is no sincerer love than the love of food.

Two starving men cannot be twice as hungry as one; but two rascals can be ten times as vicious as one.

Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.

We are told that when Jehovah created the world he saw that it was good. What would he say now?

When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.

George Burns

Too bad all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.

George Carlin

A lady came up to me on the street, pointed at my suede jacket and said, "Don't you know a cow was murdered for that jacket?" I said "I didn't know there were any witnesses. Now I'll have to kill you too".

Do illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup?

Ever notice that anyone going slower than you is an idiot, but anyone going faster is a maniac?

Future historians will be able to study at the Jimmy Carter Library, the Gerald Ford Library, the Ronald Regan Library, and the Bill Clinton Adult Bookstore.

I've always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.

You have to stay in shape. My mother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 now and we have no idea where she is.

George Dennison Prentice

It is in vain to hope to please all alike. Let a man stand with his face in what direction he will, he must necessarily turn his back on one half of the world.

George Eliot

Blessed is the man, who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.

George Jackson

Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it's cowardice.

George Matthew Adams

There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts.

George Santayana

Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

George Washington

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.

Gerhard Uhlenbruck

No Body is perfect.

Giacomo Leopardi

As a man's desires grow cooler, he becomes better equipped to deal with other men or to succeed in society. Nature, with her usual benevolence, has ordained that men shall not learn to live until they lose the motives for living.

Children find everything in nothing; men find nothing in everything.

Death is not evil, for it frees man from all ills and takes away his desires along with desire's rewards. Old age is the supreme evil, for it deprives man of all pleasures while allowing his appetites to remain, and it brings with it every possible sorrow. Yet men fear death and desire old age.

I say that the world is a league of scoundrels against the men of good will, and of the petty against the generous.

I will admit that virtue -- like everything else beautiful and great -- is nothing but an illusion. But if it were a shared illusion, if all men believed and wanted to be good, if they were compassionate, generous, high-minded, full of enthusiasm, in a word, if everyone were sensible (for I make no distinction between sensibility and what we call virtue), wouldn't people be happier?

If in this moment I were to go mad, my madness would consist of sitting always with my eyes staring, my mouth open, and my hands between my knees, without laughing or crying, or even moving except for sheer necessity. I haven't the least urge to conceive a desire, not even for death. . . . This is the first time that noia [boredom or spleen] not only presses and tires me but harries and rips like the sharpest pain.

If those few truly worthy men who seek glory were to know, one by one, the people who make up that public by which the seeker of glory strives with a thousand hardships to be esteemed, it is believable that they would grow cold in their endeavor or perhaps abandon it altogether.

If you analyze well your most poetic impressions and imaginings -- the ones that most exalt you and pull you outside of yourself and of the real world -- you would find that they and the pleasure they cause (at least after childhood) consist totally or chiefly in remembrance.

Illusions, however weakened and unmasked by reason, still remain and form the chief part of our life.

Man (like the other animals) is not born to enjoy life, but only to perpetuate life, to communicate it to others who come after, to conserve it. Neither he himself, nor life, nor any object of this world is actually made for him, but, on the contrary, he exists completely for life. Terrifying, but a true proposition of all metaphysics.

People are ridiculous only when they try or seem to be that which they are not.

People are ridiculous only when they try or seem to be that which what they are not.

Real misanthropes are not found in solitude, but in the world; since it is experience of life, and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind.

The most solid pleasure in this life is the empty pleasure of illusion.

The old man, especially if he is in society, in the privacy of his thoughts, though he may protest the opposite, never stops believing that, through some singular exception of the universal rule, he can in some unknown and inexplicable way still make an impression on women.

The period of enthusiasm, heat, and agitated imagination is not right [for poetic creation]; indeed it works against it. One needs a time of intensity, but tranquil intensity, a time of real genius rather than real excitement . . . , an impression of past or future or habitual emotion rather than its actual presence -- one could say its twilight rather than its bright noon. Often the best moment occurs when, the feeling and impulse being over, the mind though calm surges up again after the storm, as it were, to pleasurably recall the past sensation.

There is no greater need in society than that of gossip. It is the principal means of passing the time, which is one of the first necessities of life.

Works of genius have this in common, that even when they vividly capture the nothingness of things, when they clearly show and make us feel the inevitable unhappiness of life, and when they express the most terrible despair, nonetheless to a great soul -- though he find himself in a state of extreme duress, disillusion, nothingness, noia, and despair of life, or in the bitterest and deadliest misfortunes (caused by deep feelings or whatever) -- these works always console and rekindle enthusiasm; and though they treat or represent only death, they give back to him, at least temporarily, that life which he had lost.


God is on the side of the strongest battalions.

Gil Grissom

Amazing the advances we make in science and the primitive uses we find for them.

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.

Gloria Leonard

The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting.

Graham Greene

No human being can really understand another, and no one can arrange another's happiness.

Griffin's Thought

When you starve with a tiger, the tiger starves last.

Groucho Marx

I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception.

Some people claim that marriage interferes with romance. There's no doubt about it. Anytime you have a romance, your wife is bound to interfere.

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made.

Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others.

H. G. Wells

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.

H. H. Munro (Saki)

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.

He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death.

Hector Berlioz

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.

Henny Youngman

A drunk was in front of a judge. The judge says "You've been brought here for drinking. The drunk says "Okay, let's get started.

My Grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle.

Someone stole all my credit cards, but I won't report it. The thief spends less than my wife.

The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret.

Henri Bergson

Think like a man of action. Act like a man of thought.

Henry David Thoreau

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much of life. So aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.

It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.

I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.

Henry Ford

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.

Asking 'Who ought to be the boss?' is like asking 'Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?' Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.

Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.

Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.

Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.

Don't find fault, find a remedy.

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.

It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.

The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.

There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.

Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.

You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do.

Henry Havelock Ellis

The greatest task before civilization at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters of men.

Henry Kissinger

No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there's too much fraternizing with the enemy.

Henry Louis Mencken

Bachelors know more about women than married men do. If they didn't, they'd be married too

Criticism is prejudice made plausible.

For every major problem in this nation there is a simple solution--and it is wrong.

The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure."

Henry Van Dyke

Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except the best.

Herbert Spencer

Reading is seeing by proxy.

Hubert H. Humphrey

To err is human. To blame someone else is politics.

Ian L. Fleming

I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.

Immanuel Kant

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

Indira Gandhi

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

Ingmar Bergman

I hope I never get so old I get religious.

Ingrid Bergman

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.

Irving Kristol

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity.

Isaac Asimov

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what's right.

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

Italian proverb

Tell me what you are reading and I will tell you who you are.

James Branch Cabell

The optimist proclaims we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.

James Bryce

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.

Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.

Jane Addams

I do not believe that women are better than men. We have not wrecked railroads, nor corrupted legislature, nor done many unholy things that men have done; but then we must remember that we have not had the chance.

Jane Austen

One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.

Japanese Proverb

To teach is to learn.

Jeff Valdez

Cats are smarter than dogs. You can not get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.

Jeremy Bentham

The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.

Jerry Seinfield

Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.

Jesse Jackson

Your children need your presence more than your presents.

Jewish Proverb

If the rich could hire someone else to die for them, the poor would make a wonderful living.

Jim Elliot

The man who will not act until he knows all will never act at all.

Jimi Hendrix

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.

Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one.

Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.

Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.

Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action

Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.

There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste.

We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases.

When ideas fail, words come in very handy.

John A. Shedd

A ship in harbor is safe -- but that is not what ships are for.

John Callahan

This is a feminist bookstore. There is no humor section.

John Charles Salak

Failures are divided into two classes--those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.

John D. Rockefeller

A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.

John Erskine

There's a difference between beauty and charm. A beautiful woman is one I notice. A charming woman is one who notices me.

John F. Kennedy

If we make peaceful revolution impossible, we make violent revolution inevitable.

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.

John Kenneth Galbraith

There are times in politics when you must be on the right side and lose.

Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.

John Locke

The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.

John Lubbock

What we see depends on mainly what we look for.

John Maynard Keynes

It is better to be roughly right than to be precisely wrong.

John Powell

Blessed is he who has learned to laugh at himself, for he shall never cease to be entertained.

John Ruskin

Every increased possession loads us with new weariness.

John Steinbeck

The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.

Jonathan Swift

Quando un vero genio appare in questo mondo, lo si può riconoscere dal fatto che gli idioti sono tutti coalizzati contro di lui.

Joseph Joubert

Are you listening to the ones who keep quiet?

Close your eyes and you will see.

Don't cut what you can untie.

Everything is a game except what makes the soul better or worse.

Give me a morality that equally suits the healthy and the sick, men and women, children, adults, and old people.

God is the place where I do not remember the rest.

He who has imagination without learning has wings and no feet.

Ideas never lack for words. It is words that lack ideas. As soon as the idea has come to its last degree of perfection, the word blossoms; or, if you like, it blossoms from the word that presents it and clothes it.

Maxims, because what is isolated can be seen better.

Melancholy: when we have sorrows without a name.

The essential thing is not that there be many truths in a work, but that no truth be abused.

The imagination has made more discoveries than the eye.

The only good in man is his young feelings and his old thoughts.

The poet must not cross an interval with a step when he can cross it with a leap.

The talkative man speaks from his mouth, the eloquent man speaks from his heart.

Thought forms in the soul in the same way clouds form in the air.

Through memory we travel against time, through forgetfulness we follow its course.

To seek wisdom rather than truth. It is more within our grasp.

We are all old children.

We are in the world as words are in a book. Each generation is like a line, a phrase.

What is promised to you in dreams is given to you in dreams!

Wisdom is the strength of the weak.

Writing is closer to thinking than to speaking.

Joseph Stalin

One death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.

Jules Renard

I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for his reputation if he didn't.

If you are afraid of being lonely, don't try to be right.

Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties.

Kahlil Gibran

In truth you owe naught to any man. You owe all to all men.

Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.

Karl Marx

It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness.

The philosophers have only interpreted the world. The point, however, is to change it.

Karla Kuban

Without darkness there are no dreams.

Ken Olsen

There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.

La Bruyère

All our evil comes from our inability to be alone.

Larry Flynt

Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.

Laurence J. Peter

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.

An employee within an organization will advance to his or her level of incompetence and remain there.

Lee Segall

A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure.

Leo Tolstoy

The more we live by our intellect, the less we understand the meaning of life.

Leonardo da Vinci

Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen, even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.

Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.

Lewis Carroll

Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.

Lily Tomlin

Why is it when we talk to God we're praying -- but when God talks to us, we're schizophrenic?

Linus Pauling

The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.

Lord Barbizon

Always behave like a duck - keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath.

Lord Chesterfield

Be wiser than other people, if you can, but do not tell them so.

Politicians neither love nor hate. Interest, not sentiment, directs them.

Louise Beal

Love thy neighbor as thyself, but choose your neighborhood.

Luc de Clapiers de Vauvenargues

Men's maxims reveal their characters.

Lyndon Johnson

You do not examine legislation in light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered.

Mae West

Between two evils I always pick the one I never tried before.

I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better.

Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.

Marcel Archard

Women like silent men. They think they're listening.

Marcel Proust

There is no one, no matter how wise he is, who has not in his youth said things or done things that are so unpleasant to recall in later life that he would expunge them entirely from his memory if that were possible.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

It is as hard for the good to suspect evil, as it is for the bad to suspect good.

Margaret Thatcher

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

Marie Curie

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.

Mario Andretti

If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.

Mario M Cuomo

You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.

Mark Twain

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.

Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.

Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.

Good breeding consists of concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.

Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.

In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination.

It is better to deserve honours and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

It is easier to stay out than get out.

Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.

The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.

The man with a new idea is a Crank until the idea succeeds.

Wagner's music is better than it sounds.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Martin H. Fischer

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.

Martin Luther

Reason should be destroyed in all Christians.

Martin Luther King

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.

It's all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

Mel Brooks

Humor is just another defense against the universe.

Michel de Montaigne

We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.

Michelangelo Buonarroti

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

Mohandes Gandhi

The law an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.


It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.

It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.

Niccolo Machiavelli

It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.

Nicholas Murray Butler

An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.

Nick Diamos

Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.

Niels Bohr

No, no, you're not thinking, you're just being logical.

Ogden Nash

There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience, or none at all.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The mind of the bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.

Olivia Dresher

All my writing is a reflection of my core, bits of my core. All those bits...and as they fall onto the page, the puzzle automatically gets put together -- the way a plant gets put together just by being itself and growing day-by-day. Journals are the organic side of my essence, unfolding...

I like fragmentary writing, I seem to only be able to read fragments, feel fragments. And write fragments. (And live fragments.) The pieces naturally form a whole to me, the way minutes make up hours and hours make up days. Fragments flow, to me, in ways that unfragmented writings do not. They flow because they feel natural; yes, fragments feel natural, organic, uncomposed. A story well-composed might be beautiful, but it feels like a beautiful mask to me. Fragments are like the naturalness of children. Maybe that’s why I like fragments: because I can remain in childhood.

I write because it’s a sort of meditation, and my only superficial peace. Writing takes me to the point where I can harmonize with what is disturbing.

Photographs can be seen as tiny quotes from the text of the larger, real world.

The only place where I can go into my own world is in my journal. Everywhere else is the place where I go into the world of others.

Who would I want to read my journal? An insightful, compassionate voyeur, perhaps. Or, maybe I'm secretly writing to/for the god I wish existed, the god I longed for during my childhood and teenage years... Or, I’m writing to that part of myself (and all of us) that can forgive. As if true and original writing makes forgiveness natural.

Writing is the process of removing the outer wrapping to dive into the inner pool. The words on the pages -- the tangible aspect of them -- become the bridges between inner and outer, seen and unseen. How else can I reveal the worlds and worlds (and depths within depths) that I perceive?

Orson Welles

Gli idioti sono una saggia istituzione della natura che permette agli stupidi di ritenersi intelligenti.

Oscar Levant

I am no more humble than my talents require.

Oscar Wilde

A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

A man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing.

Alas, I am dying beyond my means.

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.

Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

I never put off till tomorrow what I can do the day after.

I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.

I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability.

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning to a friendship, and it is far the best ending to one.

Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

One should always be in love; that is the reason one should never marry.

People fashion their God after their own understanding. They make their God first and worship him afterwards.

People say sometimes that Beauty is only superficial. That may be so. But at least it is not so superficial as Thought is. To me, Beauty is the wonder of wonders. It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.

The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly, that is what each of us is here for.

The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.

The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.

The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.

There is only one thing in the world that is worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.

Work is the curse of the drinking classes.

Oswald Avery

Whenever you fall, pick something up.

Parkinsons' Law

Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.

Paul Valery

A man who is 'of sound mind' is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

Paulo Freire

Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.

Peggy Dugan

If you don't like being alone, you may not like the person you're with.

Peter Drucker

Business, that's easily defined - it's other people's money.

Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you've got.

Do not believe that it is very much of an advance to do the unnecessary three times as fast.

Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right.

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes.

Efficiency is doing better what is already being done.

Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.

Executives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs.

Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.

Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.

The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer, so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.

The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.

The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager.

The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.

Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.

Philip Dormer Stanhope

Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading men, and studying all the various editions of them.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau

The essential ingredient of politics is timing.

Pierre-Alain Cotte

Our mind is our main limitation.


Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.

The worst of all deceptions is self-deception.

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.

Polish proverb

Who lacks armament should avoid argument.

Portuguese Proverb

Visits always give pleasure--if not the arrival, the departure.

R. Alec MacKenzie

Nothing is easier than being busy - and nothing more difficult than being effective.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch

If someone is too tired to give you a smile, leave one of your own, because no one needs a smile as much as those who have none to give.

Ralph Peters

Beware, no matter his faith, the man who presumes to tell you what God wants.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.

People only see what they are prepared to see.

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it.

The louder he talks of honour, the faster we count our spoons.

We aim above the mark to hit the mark.

Ram Dass

Only that in you which is me can hear what I'm saying.

Rene Descartes

It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.

Robert Dangoor

When you attach a label make sure it can come off because things can change.

If you have no problem, you've got a problem.

If you ask for something you have to say "Please", if you want to get something you have to please.

You cannot buy happiness but you have to pay the price.

When you lend money to a friend you usually lose your friend plus interest.

I'm looking at Sue. Sue's looking at Tom. Tom's looking at Kathy.

Students have no class.

You wouldn't be normal if you didn't react in an abnormal way.

Robert Green Ingersoll

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.

The hands that help are better far than the lips that pray.

Robert K. Merton

It must be remembered that necessity is only the mother of invention; socially accumulated knowledge is its father.

Robert Lee Frost

Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.

Robin Williams

God gave men both a penis and a brain, but unfortunately not enough blood supply to run both at the same time.

Roger Berg

It is impossible to make anything foolproof, because fools are so ingenious.

Roger H. Lincoln

There are two rules for success: 1) Never tell everything you know.

Sally Struthers

If a man is pictured chopping off a woman's breast, it only gets a R rating, but if, God forbid, a man is pictured kissing a woman's breast, it gets an X rating. Why is violence more acceptable than tenderness?

Sam Levenson

It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and say the opposite.

Samuel Butler

Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.

When you have told anyone you have left him a legacy, the only decent thing to do is to die at once.

Samuel Johnson

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

Saul Bellow

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.

Sharon Stone

Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole relationships.

Sigmund Freud

Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me.

Sir Isaac Newton

We build too many walls and not enough bridges.


My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher. And that is a good thing for any man

Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.

Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.

The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.


Laws are the spider's webs which, if anything small falls into them they ensnare it, but large things break through and escape.

Soren Aabye Kierkegaard

People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.

Spanish proverb

What one does, one becomes.


All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.

Stephen Jay Gould

In science, "fact" can only mean "confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent." I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.

Stephen W. Hawking

The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.

Steven Wright

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.

Hard work pays off in the future, laziness pays off now.

I have an existential map; it has 'you are here' written all over it.

If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

Steward L. Udall

We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.

Sun Tzu

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.

Susan Ertz

Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

T. S. Eliot

At the end of all our wanderings, we will arrive at the place we started, and know it for the first time

Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm, but the harm does not interest them.

Humor is also a way of saying something serious.

In my end is my beginning.

The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.

Tallulah Bankhead

It's the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time.

Talmudic Saying

We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.

The Beatles

All you need is love.

Theodore H. White

The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing, and to watch someone else do it wrong without comment.


The only gift is giving to the poor; all else is exchange.

Thomas Edison

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas Jefferson

An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.

No people can be both ignorant and free.

When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny.

The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.

Thomas Mann

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

Thomas Wolfe

You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.

Tom Clancy

The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.

Tom Landry

Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do in order to achieve what they want to achieve.

Tom Stoppard

The days of the digital watch are numbered.

Umberto Eco

I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.

Victor Borge

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.

Victor Hugo

La solitudine crea persone d'ingegno o idioti.

Viktor Frankl

Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake.


Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.

History is the study of the world's crime.

If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.

Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.

Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.

The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.

The way to become boring is to say everything.

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

We will leave this world stupid and evil as we have found it upon our arrival.

W. Edwards Deming

We are here to make another world.

Walter Lippmann

When all think alike, then no one is thinking.

Werner von Braun

Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of the billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in that enormous immensity.

Western Union internal memo, 1876

This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.

Will Rogers

So live that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.

You can't say civilization isn't advancing, in every war they kill you in a new way.

William Butler Yeats

The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.

The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time.

William Faulkner

The past isn't dead. It isn't even past.

William James

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.

To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal.

When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice.

Whenever two people meet there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.

William Shakespeare

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

William Strunk, Jr

Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.

Winston Churchill

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.

It's not good enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.

Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.

Woody Allen

I can't listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.

I tended to place my wife under a pedestal.

Is sex dirty? Only when it's being done right.

It's not that I'm afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens.

Love is the answer, but while you are waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions.

More than any other time in history, mankind now faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.

Most of the time I don't have much fun. The rest of the time I don't have any fun at all.

Not only is there no God, but try finding a plumber on Sunday.

The lion and the calf shall lie down together, but the calf won't get much sleep.

Yogi Berra

Sometimes you can observe a lot by watching.

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